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Friday, October 20, 2017

BWW Review: Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl Sing Out Triumphantly in Harvey Fierstein's TORCH SONG by Michael Dale

'We opened for an eight-week limited engagement and could not give a ticket away for three weeks.' That's how Harvey Fierstein described the giant leap of faith that, in 1981, brought a t…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

BWW Review: Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina Joins Belarus Free Theatre in Protest Drama BURNING DOORS by Michael Dale

When their current engagement at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club concludes this weekend, members of the Belarus Free Theatre will return to their homeland, where they and their audience me…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BWW Review: Diana Oh's {MY LINGERIE PLAY}, Glitter, Soap Bubbles, Anger, Art and Activism by Michael Dale

To describe Diana Oh's newest performance art installation as the pep rally that precedes the dismantling of the patriarchy is by no means a knock on her vibrantly raucous mixture of glitter…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BWW Review: Alison Fraser Has A Bloody Tale To Tell in Aaron Mark's SQUEAMISH by Michael Dale

Playwrightdirector Aaron Mark has a habit of leaving audiences in the dark. Not that his plays are especially hard to grasp, but the author who specializes sending chills up and down spines…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

BWW Review: Peter Friedman and Deanna Dunagan Star as Estranged Mother and Son in THE TREASURER by Michael Dale

I will be in Hell because I don't love my mom, the central character of Max Posner's comedic drama THE TREASURER causally admits to the audience with unemotional matter-of-factness.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

BWW Review: Concept Overwhelms Content in Elevator Repair Service's MEASURE FOR MEASURE by Michael Dale

Regarded by The Public Theater's artistic director Oskar Eustice as a resident company of the Astor Place venue, Elevator Repair Service's niche has always been productions with a clear focu…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

BWW Review: Rebecca Taichman Delves Into Serialism With J.B. Priestley's TIME AND THE CONWAYS by Michael Dale

When J.B. Priestley's absorbing and poetic drama, Time and the Conways premiered on the West End in 1937, you couldn't blame London audiences if they felt a bit wistful observing the playwri…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BWW Review: Peccadillo Revisits George Kelly's 1924 Smash, THE SHOW-OFF by Michael Dale

For over twenty years, artistic director Dan Wackerman's Peccadillo Theater Company has specialized in mounting handsome productions of infrequently revived Broadway fare of notable pedigree…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

BWW Review: Nia Vardalos' TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Returns To The Public by Michael Dale

It may have been underestimated how popular TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS would prove to be when it opened at The Public's Shiva Theater last November. Actorplaywright Nia Vardalos' warm, funny and…

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BWW Review: Muscles and Choreographed Violence Overwhelm The Story of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Michael Dale

If director Alexandra Spencer-Jones' intention was to stage an erotic word ballet that finds beauty in the well-chiseled male form through highly-stylized acts of choreographed violence, the…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

BWW Review: Amy Herzog's MARY JANE Subtly Criticizes The Complexity of Obtaining Health Care by Michael Dale

To say that there are no dramatic highs and lows in Amy Herzog's touching new drama, Mary Jane, is by no means a criticism. It's more of a recognition of the beautifully understated naturali…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

BWW Review: Philip Dawkins' Uplifting CHARM Inspired By Transgender Teacher Miss Gloria Allen by Michael Dale

The beloved and classic premise of an idealistic teacher determined to reach out and help a classroom full of troubled and disrespectful students 'Up The Down Staircase,' 'To Sir, With Love'…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' IN THE BLOOD Makes Greek Tragedy Out Of The Scarlet Letter by Michael Dale

While Suzan-Lori Parks' ferocious drama from 2000, FUCKING A, enjoys an excellent new production at Signature Theatre, across the lobby of their multi-stage center, her more sensitive 1999 e…

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

BWW Review: Sarah Ruhl Pits Growing Up Against Growing Old In FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY by Michael Dale

It wasn't long after Mary Martin took her first Broadway flight as Peter Pan that Ann, the central character of Sarah Ruhl's sometimes-whimsicalsometimes-philosophical new drama took her own…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

BWW Review: The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Get Intimate With THE SORCERER by Michael Dale

For over forty years, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players have been Gotham's go-to company for high-quality GampS productions produced with full choruses and orchestras in the traditio…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

BWW Review: Simon Stephens' Olivier-Winning ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD Arrives in New York by Michael Dale

British playwright Simon Stephens scored big his first time on Broadway, taking the 2015 Best Play Tony Award for THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME two years after receiving …

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BWW Review: The Scarlet Letter Stands For Abortionist in Suzan-Lori Parks' FUCKING A by Michael Dale

Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter' may have served as the initial inspiration for Suzan-Lori Parks' ferocious 2000 drama, FUCKING A, but, especially in director Jo Bonney's chilling …

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Friday, September 8, 2017

BWW Review: The Spotlight Shines On Everyone in Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT by Michael Dale

'All the world's a stage And everybody's in the show. Nobody's a pro.' Those words, sung at the opening of Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery's thoroughly enchanting musical adaptation of Sha…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

BWW Review: Melissa Gilbert and Mark Kenneth Smaltz Ponder Forbidden Romance in IF ONLY by Michael Dale

Snuggled at the curve of a quiet little Greenwich Village side street, the quaint and historic Cherry Lane Theatre is a perfect spot to engage in a quiet little drama.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

BWW Review: The Mint Rescues Four Teresa Deevy One-Acts From Storage as THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BED by Michael Dale

While the underrepresentation of women playwrights in contemporary American theatre remains an important issue, the Mint Theater Company, those invaluable specialists in rediscovering intere…

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Friday, August 25, 2017

BWW Review: PRINCE OF BROADWAY Celebrates The Great Characters, Stories and Themes Nurtured By Harold Prince by Michael Dale

Harold Prince, who has been honored with 21 Tony Awards for his seven decades of achievements as a Broadway producer and director, did not write one word nor compose one note of the 17 music…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BWW Review: CURVY WIDOW is a Fun and Frisky Showcase For Nancy Opel by Michael Dale

It doesn't take long before Nancy Opel starts tearing your heart out as the title character of the new musical, Curvy Widow.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BWW Review: Anita Gillette Takes Celia Keenan-Bolger Through Time in Bruce Norris' A PARALLELOGRAM by Michael Dale

'If you knew in advance exactly what was going to happen in your life, and how everything was going to turn out, and if you knew you couldn't do anything to change it, would you still want t…

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

BWW Review: New Cast Members Add New Dynamics To A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 by Michael Dale

When this reviewer first critiqued Lucas Hnath's clever and intriguing A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, he envisioned much discussion being provoked over the fact that a new Broadway play that debate…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

BWW Review: Christine Pedi, Stephanie Umoh and Stephanie D'Abruzzo Shine Brightly in The York's JERRY'S GIRLS by Michael Dale

After Florenz Ziegfeld spent the early decades of Broadway's 20th Century 'glorifying the American Girl,' a young composerlyricist named Jerry Herman spent a good hunk of the second half sho…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

BWW Review: The Resistance Hits Broadway in Michael Moore's THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER by Michael Dale

Red, white and blue bunting is draped across a stage left box at the Belasco Theatre because, as Michael Moore explains at the beginning of his more-or-less solo Broadway performance, THE TE…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BWW Review: Tina Howe's SINGING BEACH Addresses Deteriorating People and a Deteriorating Earth by Michael Dale

Given her distinguished career that includes such significant works at PAINTING CHURCHES, COASTAL DISTURBANCES and PRIDE'S CROSSING, a new play by Tina Howe is certainly a noteworthy event.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

BWW Review: Taylor Caldwell Leads a Terrific Young Cast in Carole King and Maurice Sendak's REALLY ROSIE by Michael Dale

New York City wasn't exactly the most magical place for a child to grow up in back in 1975. Crime and poverty rates were inhumanely high and when the city begged for federal assistance, the …

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

BWW Review: Director Lear deBessonet's Luscious, Lusty and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by Michael Dale

It was fifty years ago that The Summer of Love attracted throngs of lunatics, lovers and poets to New York's Central Park in a free-spirited embrace of life's passions and pleasures. That s…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

BWW Review: Kirsten Childs' THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Tackles Racial Identity Issues by Michael Dale

Connoisseurs of American musical theatre wishing to make a point about the genre's ability to dramatize even the most unlikely of subjects often cite examples like SWEENEY TODD's vengeful ba…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

BWW Review: Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA Pays Tribute To Her Legendary Influence by Michael Dale

Even if you've never heard a note sung by Ella Fitzgerald and if that's the case, you should stop reading this review immediately and look up some of her recordings on YouTube Andrea Frierso…

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